Okay, we’re back. Welcome to day 2 of the 3-day Productivity Blog Showdown. In case you missed them earlier, today’s questions are as follows:
You both seem to encourage paying less attention to how much money you
make, and pay more attention to what you’re passionate about. With that
in mind, please address the following:
a. What if your passion IS money?
What should I do if my passion requires money, and in order to make
money, I need to work a whole bunch of hours per week at a job I’m not
passionate about, leaving no time for my passion?
what should I do if I know that my passion is staying home with my
family (or similar non-paying passion), but doing that won’t pay the
bills? How can I reconcile being away from my family/passion in order
to "just" make money?
Fred Gratzon is the author of The Lazy Way to Success, and also keeps a blog over here.
He has also founded two very different companies, an ice cream
manufacturing company and a long distance company–more info about that
in this interview.
His unique point of view is delivered from a comfortable perch within a
hammock–ostensibly somewhere near palm trees, but I think it’s
actually nearer to Iowa, USA. So, without further commentary, here is Fred’s response…
Our educational system trains people to be employed. Kids are continually harangued that they will only get good jobs if they work hard in school.
Our schools do not foster creativity, imagination, self-knowledge, self-reliance, or wisdom. Our schools do not inspire passion or joy of learning. They do not teach kids to think for themselves. Basically we are educating our youth to "work hard" and be good little employees.
Here it is between the eyes, folks: you cannot become successful punching a time clock. Some of you will argue, "But what about Bill Gates’ first secretary? Didn’t she just buy Argentina and sell it to Brazil?" Yes, yes, but such cases are exceedingly rare. Besides, her wealth came from ownership, not clock punching.
In almost all cases, you just can’t become successful working for someone else – unless, of course, you’re the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees. But even then you’d be playing, not working.
Question: What if your passion is money?
Fred’s answer: It depends on what you want to do with the money. If you want it to fund an opera company, or institute an educational reform, or create world peace, then your passion to get the money is admirable.
If, however, your passion is to continuously upgrade your shelter, dining and mating options, then I would have no interest in partnering with you, or even hiring you. In fact, I’d have no interest in even meeting you.
Second Question: My passion requires money. So I have to work all week at a job I’m not passionate about, and now there’s no time left for my passion! What should I do?
Fred’s Answer: I can’t relate to this question. It is impossible for me to imagine spending any time at a job, let alone all my time, while denying myself what I love. I would regard that as a huge disservice to myself and a sinful waste on every conceivable level.